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The President and the Secretary of Defense have called upon the men and women of the US armed

forces and other government personnel to provide critical support as part of the international response to the
Ebola outbreaks in West Africa. This Fact Sheet highlights the actions that are in place prior to, during, and after
deployment in order to protect our service members, families and communities.
The safety of our people is one of our highest priorities. DoD is taking every precaution to ensure the health
and welfare of all service members and their families.
The Military Health System brings deep expertise in infectious disease and how to medically prepare our
people for all contingencies. All deploying personnel will receive needed equipment, get the right training, and
be closely monitored before, during, and after deployment.
We are working closely with our federal partners on policies and communications, and our policies build upon
CDC guidelines and are tailored to our mission needs.
Before DoD
Personnel Deploy
Everyone will receive needed training and the right equipment to perform their
mission
Everyone will go through pre-deployment medical screening to assure they are ready
and prepared to deploy
Deployment
Throughout the deployment, all personnel will be monitored for exposure to Ebola
two times per day for clinical symptoms (fever, nausea, etc.) and exposure risks
Anyone with symptoms- or potential risks will be evaluated immediately by medical
personnel to decide whether to medically evacuate the individual or return them
to duty
Ten days before projected departure from the deployment locations, commanders
on the ground may based on their assessment of unit exposure and established
medical processes place their unit personnel in an isolated, controlled
environment
Prior to departure from deployment locations, medical personnel will interview and
assess each DoD individual and either clear them for fight or retain them for further
medical evaluation
Post-Deployment
Everyone will be monitored for 21 days upon return from deployment (the Ebola virus
is considered to have an incubation period of 2-21 days)
o Face-to-face interviews twice a day
o Temperature checks twice a day
Exposed Personnel
Individuals who were removed from the theater due to elevated exposure risk will be
quarantined and monitored for 21 days at a designated DoD facility.
TDY or Leave
No out-of-area leave or TDY for 21 days after returning home
Emergency leave procedures will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will
require twice-daily monitoring for 21 days
Need more information? Go to www.health.mil/Ebola.
Operation UNITED Assistance
Information for
DoD Families of
Deploying Personnel